AIM-9000 - Options

Automatic Failure Analysis System


ATR Objective (slide-on type) Ge prism

The ATR objective uses a cone-type prism, with single reflection, 15× magnification and a 45-degree incident angle. The slide-on type prism makes it easy to switch back and forth between visible observation and infrared measurement. This ATR objective is especially effective in analyzing samples that do not transmit or reflect infrared light easily, such as paper and plastics, or extremely thin film, such as stains.

ATR Pressure Sensor 

This pressure sensor prevents prism damage due to excessive pressures applied during ATR measurements using an ATR objective. It can also be used to automatical ATR measurement with pressure sensing.

Grazing Angle Objective (GAO)

The Grazing angle objective with 80-degree incident angle is effective for measurement of organic thin film with nm level on metal substrate. In case of failure analysis, this objective is useful for measurement of samples on the concave surfaces or stains on metal surface.

TGS Detector

By adding this TGS detector to an AIM-9000 infrared microscope, infrared spectra can be obtained without liquid nitrogen. It is also possible to switch back and forth between the MCT and TGS detectors for measurements as needed. The TGS detector offers a wider wavenumber range (up to 400 cm-1) than the MCT detector, but with lower sensitivity. Therefore, the MCT detector is used to measure micro samples less than 100 µm.

Diamond Cell CII

This diamond compression cell is used to compress micro samples very thin for direct measurement under the microscope. It can be used for samples such as plastics and fibers. This CII cell features a large thin window plate made of artificial diamond (1.6 mm diameter). A type-B cell that uses natural diamond is also available.

Infrared Polarizer

This accessory is useful for researching the orientation characteristics of samples, or increasing sensitivity with Grazing Angle Objective measurements. The infrared polarizer can be used by inserting it into the microscope from the side.

Visible Polarizer

This accessory is useful for visible observation of samples that are normally difficult to observe using visible light.
Using the properties of polarized light can make samples easier to see.


Guidance Function

AIMsolution includes a guidance function to support measurements.
The function focuses on each of the operation's steps, displaying the position of the button to click, tips about setting conditions, and precautions in the AIMsolution Measurement window. There is no need to read thick instruction manuals in detail.

Report Creation Function

Spectrum "Print Preview" Window

Using AIMsolution, the spectrum displayed in the Data View area, the spectrum after data processing, and the search results can be printed in a standard report format. Data can also be output in Microsoft® Word* format, and edited freely by adding images, spectra and comments to customize the document to the preferred format.

* Microsoft Word is the word processing software provided by Microsoft.

Hardware Validation

The AIMsolution measurement program also features a Validation Program to check and confirm the performance of Shimadzu Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometers and the Shimadzu AIM-9000 Infrared Microscope. Polystyrene film is to used verify the performance of the instrument in accordance with the Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP), the European Pharmacopoeia (EP), and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia (ChP). This checks the basic performance of the instrument and provides reliable data.

Items conforming to the Japan Pharmacopoeia, the European Pharmacopoeia, and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia are inspected
・Shape and intensity of power spectra
・Following items of polystyrene film spectrum
 Wavenumber accuracy
 Wavenumber repeatability
 Transmittance (absorbance) repeatability
 Peak separation function*

*: Peak separation function is the inspection item of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia.

The validation program conforms with the Japan Pharmacopoeia, the European Pharmacopoeia, and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia. Validation can be done automatically using a NIST standard film with traceability etc. The results can also be printed out in the format shown below.

Regulatory Support

Shimadzu Complies Fully with Regulations for Measurements Made Using Infrared Microscopes

By combining proven LabSolutions IR software and AIMsolution software for controlling the infrared microscope, a highly reliable regulatory compliant software system was created. Login from LabSolutions IR and acquire the data from AIMsolution. The acquired data is automatically transferred to LabSolutions IR and registered in the database. Measured data processing and analysis are executed with LabSolutions IR.

Reliable LabSolutions Software

In addition to LabSolutions IR, which provides basic functionality, Shimadzu also offers LabSolutions DB IR and LabSolutions CS IR to meet the requirements of ER/ES regulations.


LabSolutions DB IR

LabSolutions DB IR allows for secure data management by integrating a data management function with LabSolutions IR. Compliant with ER/ES regulations, the software is optimally configured for customers using a PC. It is recommended for facilities that do not require network connections and want to be ER/ES compliant.


LabSolutions CS IR

LabSolutions CS, which is freely accessible to the analysis network, can be connected to IR, eliminating the need for connecting a PC to the instrument. Since all the data are managed on a server, LabSolutions CS IR can be read from any personal computer on a network. With terminal service, LabSolutions IR can be controlled from a client PC without installing LabSolutions IR on it. It is recommended for facilities that have a large number of users, manage data in a database, and want to be ER/ES compliant.


Database Management Prevents Mistakes

With LabSolutions DB IR and CS IR, the analysis data are managed securely by the database. Overwriting, deletion and other mistakes typical of data file management do not occur. In addition, when postrun analysis is performed using the acquired data, postrun analysis data revision numbers are automatically assigned, preventing the accidental overwriting of raw data.


Solid Security

An audit trail to ensure the reliability of data and document e-mail transmission functions when any event occurs in the system can be set up. User accounts are managed using passwords, where password length, complexity and term of validity must satisfy specified requirements. It is also possible to set lockout functions to prevent illegal access, and set a registered user's deletion and change. In addition, a box can be selected to prevent overwriting a data file, and outputting an item to a report can also be performed.


Pertinent Information Managed for Every Project

Only shows data related to the project for more convenient data searching.

LabSolutions DB IR and CS IR provide a project management function enabling management suited to tasks and system operations. This function enables equipment and user management, security policy, and data processing to be set on a project by project basis, thereby improving the efficiency of data searches and management tasks.

Visualization of the Sequence of Analysis Operations

Creating a report set* provides visibility of the individual analytical operations involved in the overall analytical process. When analytical operations are visible, it is easier to check for operating errors, which helps improve the efficiency and reliability of checking processes.

* Report sets include test methods and test results for a series of samples analyzed, and also a corresponding operation log (a record of all operating events from login to logout), which is automatically extracted from the data and summarized in a single report.

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